- Aston Martin is building 25 new “continuation” DB5s that are modeled after the car used in the James Bond film Goldfinger.
- The cars will have fully functional gadgets, which have been developed by a Bond movie-effects specialist.
- Each DB5 continuation will cost upward of $3.5 million, and they won’t be road legal.
Last summer, Aston Martin announced that it would be producing a 25-car run of DB5 continuation cars, just as it did with the DB4 GT. These DB5s are special, though: they’re built to the exact same spec as the DB5 from the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, in which it was prominently featured. In August’s announcement, Aston said that the continuation DB5s would have all the gadgets from the movie car, and now it has released new photos and details of the toys.
Aston Martin’s engineers have been working on developing and engineering these gadgets with Chris Corbould, a Bond effects specialist, who says that the main challenge was to reproduce gadgets from the film world to work in a consumer product. “We have license in the film world to ‘cheat’ different aspects under controlled conditions,” he said. “For instance, we might have four different cars to accommodate four different gadgets. We obviously don’t have that luxury on these DB5s, as all the gadgets have to work in the same car all the time.” The list hasn’t been finalized, but all of the features that the new cars have were seen (and used) in the movie.
On the outside, there are revolving license plates, front and rear battering rams, a bullet shield aft of the rear window that can be raied, and both an oil-slick system and a smokescreen system capable of shooting out of the taillights. But the best may be the simulated machine guns mounted at the front of the car. The key term here is simulated—they don’t actually shoot bullets.
The interior gets a radar tracking screen, which Aston says is also simulated. There’s also a telephone in the driver’s door, hidden storage for weapons, switchgear on the center console for all the gadgets, and a button on the gear lever. That button controlled the car’s ejector seat for the front passenger in the movie, but it sadly doesn’t appear that the continuation cars will get that feature.
Delivery of the DB5s will start next year, with all 25 priced from over $3.5 million. Just like the movie car, they will all be finished in Silver Birch paint. None of them will be road legal—neither were the DB4 GTs—and Aston says that “fitment of gadgets is subject to final engineering confirmation and country-specific legislation.”
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